Mapping and analysing the #DPULO sector: what should we look for?

No current, detailed full analysis of the DPULO sector currently exists.

Initial information on the DPULO sector was developed through mapping work in 2007 done by the Department of Health and last updated in 2009 by the (then) National Centre for Independent Living. However, this mapping work focused on identifying what user-led organisations exist and in what area. It didn’t necessarily tell us much about DPULOs – their size, work, robustness etc.

The Strengthening DPULOs Programme has built on this mapping work over the last 15 months. It has a database of over 320 DPULOs, and includes the following data for around 2/3 of the DPULOs on that list:

  • DPULO name
  • DPULO postcode
  • Contact name
  • Impairment group(s) covered
  • Online presence (i.e. website, Facebook profile, Twitter account).

I’ve been thinking about what we might want in any full analysis of the DPULO sector. Below is the list so far.:

  • General information
    • DPULO name
    • DPULO postcode
    • Contact (CEO) first name
    • Contact (CEO) surname
    • Contact email address
  • Business information
    • Impairment groups covered – LD / LTHC / MH / PI / PSI
    • Number of FT staff = number
    • Number of PT staff = number
  • Financial information
    • Income and expenditure 2009/10 = number
    • Income and expenditure 2010/11 = number
    • Income and expenditure 2011/12 = number
    • For 2011/12
      • Total contract income
      • Total grants income
      • Total “other” income
  • Communications information
    • Number of members
    • Website address
    • Website = yes / no
    • Twitter account = yes / no
    • Facebook account = yes / no

Other useful suggestions for information to add include:

  • What assets each DPULO has
  • What membership / supporter numbers they have
  • What data they hold

If the analysis was going to be done, it should be as good as possible (notwithstanding all the usual problems with mapping, gapping and quality of data). I’d be really interested if people have any other things they think it would be useful to find out about. If there are, let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter using @rich_w.

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